India refuses to Extend Visas of 3 Journalists of China

China warns that India will face “serious consequences” if it has refused Visa of three Chinese journalists as the revenge after the Beijing opposed the India’s bid to join the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in the previous month. Says China’s media.

Three Chinese journalists based in India were representing the state-run Xinhua news agency were denied the permission in extending the stay in the country. The editorial in the Global times says “The speculation is swirling that India is taking revenge against China for the latter’s disagreement to India in joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). If New Delhi is seeking revenge due to the NSG membership issue, there will be severe consequences.”

The Visa of three journalists one from New Delhi-based Bureau Chief Wu Qiang and two other reporters in Mumbai Tang Lu and Ma Qiang are about to expire at the end of this month. So this three journalists had sought for the extension of their stay by few months till their replacements arrive. The act done by India was described as an “Expulsion” by some foreign media.

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“There is no official reason given for the rejection of the visa renewals. Some Indian media claimed that these journalists are suspected of impersonating other people to access several restricted departments in Delhi and Mumbai with fake names. There were also reports attributing it to the reporters’ meeting with banished Tibetan activists,” it says.

Reacting to the former Indian correspondent Lu Pengfei, Global Times says “absolutely no need” for the Chinese journalists in India to conduct the interviews under fake names and it is entirely normal for the reporters to request the interviews with the Dalai Lama group.

“The act has sent negative messages and media communications between China and India will inevitably be negatively impacted,” the editorial titled, ‘India’s expulsion of reporters is a petty act’, said.

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China was not disrespectful because it was obeying the rule that all NSG members are required to be signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It claims this by opposing the India’s NSG association.

It says that “India has the suspicious mind and no matter whether Chinese reporters apply for a long-term or a temporary journalist visa, they will come across many troubles. Their complaints about difficulties of acquiring an Indian visa have also been heard from other Chinese, who deal with the India. Moreover, it is much easier for Indians to get a Chinese visa.”

Zhang Jiadong, a professor with the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, says “The incident could indicate an increasing of mistrust between the two countries. India thinks China does not pay it enough respect as a regional or global power.”

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“However, we should have faith as the two sides possess the possibility of more cooperation and common interests,” says Zhang.

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